Seeing What's Important

Michael Bos

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 We fix our eyes . . . on what is unseen. (v. 18 niv) As I read the Gospels, I’m always amazed at how loving Jesus was. I’m sure he had contact with some obnoxious, arrogant, self-centered people, yet he loved them. He must have fixed his eyes on something unseen, because if he saw things the same way we do, love wouldn’t be the first response! The world needs more people who can fix …

Overcoming Trouble

Michael Bos

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 Our . . . momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory . . . (v. 16 niv) What if we stopped pursuing God’s call every time we experienced trouble? We would cease to function as Christians. Today’s Scripture reading reveals a fundamental truth that we have a hard time facing: We will all experience trouble-especially when we follow God’s call. The apostle Paul faced some major troubles in his lifetime-imprisonment, rejection, and persecution, …

The Pattern of Paul

Michael Bos

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:13-15 I believed; therefore I have spoken. (v. 13 niv) As I think about these words I wonder if we have over-programmed and over-complicated evangelism. It is interesting that in the hinterlands of the world there are thriving Christian communities that do not have any of the resources we think are so essential for church growth. Instead, these rustic believers follow the simple pattern of Paul: They believe, therefore they speak. It’s amazing! No special training, …

Just Be Yourself!

Michael Bos

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 We have this treasure in jars of clay . . . (v. 7 niv) Do you find yourself pretending that everything is okay when it isn’t? Do you feel a need to make your life appear as perfect as the Christian message we proclaim? For all of us who answered yes, it is time to make a change. Not only does living like this create undue stress, but, as today’s Scripture reading implies, it also …

The Measure of Success

Michael Bos

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 We do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord. (v. 5 niv) As we follow Christ in mission, we find God calling us to neighborhoods where people with a choice would never live. We find God calling us to countries where a Christian witness has never existed. In these difficult places, filled with hard-to-reach people, how do we measure success? The apostle Paul defines success in ministry for us: Preach Jesus Christ as Lord …

Why Do People Come?

Michael Bos

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:1-4 Through God’s mercy we have this ministry . . . (v. 1 niv) As I entered the church for the first time, I found myself critiquing the service-a bad habit I struggle to break. When I arrived I wondered why there were so few people, but once worship began I was pretty confident of the reason. The music was off-key and the preacher unsure of himself. Therefore, I was quite surprised to hear a growing …